Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tuesday This And That

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony is finally here.

Festivities will take place in Cleveland next Saturday, October 30th … and the presenters list, for the most part, has been finalized (although The Rock Hall still promises more surprises.)  AND, incredibly, there are still tickets available for this event.

2021 Induction Tickets | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (rockhall.com)

Tom Cuddy sent us this announcement from Premiere Radio Networks:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has taken the wrap off this year's initial list of presenters and performers for the 36th annual Induction Ceremony on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.

Paul McCartney will induct his buddy Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. This marks the fourth time McCartney is doing the honors for a fellow artist. The other three were John Lennon in 1994, James Taylor in 2000 and Ringo Starr in 2015.

Actress Angela Bassett will induct Tina Turner with performances by Christina AguileraMickey GuytonH.E.R. and Bryan Adams. Tina will not be attending the ceremony. Angela portrayed Tina in the 1993 bio-pic, What's Love Got to Do With It.

Taylor Swift will induct Carole King and perform some of her songs with Jennifer Hudson.

Actress Drew Barrymore will induct The Go-Go’s.

Lionel Richie will present the Ahmet Ertegun Award to music executive, entrepreneur and film producer Clarence Avant, who's often called "The Black Godfather."

No word yet on who will speak on behalf of Jay-ZTodd Rundgren and Kraftwerk  (Are you available Kent?!)

The ceremony will air on HBO and HBO Max on November 20th.

The idea of $50 tickets is kind of a misnomer … expect to pay more in the vicinity of $250 - $600 for a seat … but what a “Once In A Lifetime” event this would be to see, especially with the All-Star Jam Session that wraps up each ceremony.  (You’ve got to expect everyone listed above to get up on stage and jam, right???)

Of course, MOST of us will watch it at home on our television sets on November 20th (or on one of the countless reruns that will air during the next 30 days.)  Still, this isn’t a bad class overall.  (kk)

>>>Although I have a really hard time believing that a mobile bachelorette party, packed with young, beautiful women partying hard and out for a good time would so willingly welcome an 80 year old stranger onboard to join in.  If anything, I’d expect the reaction to be one more of “Get out of here, you creepy old man!” ... and perhaps even a call to the police!  Lol (kk)

You're just out of touch with today's young people.

Kesha kicks guys to the curb "unless they look  like Mick Jagger."

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 tries to impress girls by telling them he has "Moves Like Jagger."

Kanye West claims to have "Swagger like Jagger" …

and Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas says "These girls ... callin' me Mick Jagger."

They wish.

Ed #1


We told you that Elton John hit Billboard’s Top 40 this week with his duet with Dua Lipa (“Cold Heart”) … but he has now also hit the #1 spot on the UK Chart (after sitting at #2 for the past three consecutive weeks), earning Elton his first UK #1 in 16 years.  (What was his 2005 #1 Hit, you may ask?  I certainly did!  Well, it was another duet, this time with 2Pac on something called “Ghetto Gospel.”)

Looking at the list of #1 Hits for that year, there are some pretty amazing entries hitting the top of the British charts …

For example, Elvis Presley had THREE #1 Hits that years, thanks to reissues of “Jailhouse Rock,” “One Night” and “It’s Now Or Never”!!!

The biggest #1 Hit of 2005 was “(Is This The Way To) Amarillo” by Tony Christie (featuring Peter Kay.)

For a complete list of EVERY #1 British Hit, dating back to 1952 and running right up thru this week, be sure to check out THIS link ...

All The Official Singles Chart Number 1s (officialcharts.com)

>>>“Cold Heart” incorporates three of Elton’s solo hits (“Sacrifice,” “Rocket Man” and “Kiss The Bride,” all Top 40 Hits in their own right, plus “Where’s The Shoorah,” from his album “Blue Moves.”)  Amazingly, it all works into a pretty good mash-up … in fact, it’s really not a bad track at all!  (kk)

Elton John and Dua Lipa ... two of my favorite entertainers. 

I'm not into mash-ups myself, but your assessment is on target … "really not a bad track at all." 

I was wondering if Elton and Dua collaborated on any actual songs and ... my lips to God's ears ... there exist two duet videos: Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets" and Dua Lipa's recent hit "Love Again." 

Dua Lipa should do a remix of "Love Again" with Elton John.  A few artists have done that lately and it has netted them Hot 100 #1's.

Ed #1


To Infinity and Beyond …

With William Shatner back safely from space, next up is rumored to be Forgotten Hits DJs Chuck Buell, Phil Nee and Larry Neal!  Not sure you guys will get a seat, because I doubt any of you can beat 90 years old, can you?

SpaceX announcers let the secret out first and then Jimmy Kimmel ran with the leaked story!  Check out :50 into this clip!


As the late, great Art Roberts would say ... "Excelsior!"

Clark Besch


Kent –

Great news about ABBA’s return –

Been a long time since “Dancing Queen”

Ron Riley 

Their “comeback” album hits the streets on November 5th.  (I’ve had my copy pre-ordered since it was first announced!) 

It has also just been announced that a brand new track from the LP will be released this Friday (October 22nd)  The track is called “Just A Notion” and was actually recorded back in 1978, but never released

Wish I could see the new avatar show … but a trip to London to do so just isn’t in the cards for me!  (Maybe when it finally hits Chicago!)  kk




Elvis’ Drummer Has Died.



Tutt was Elvis Presley’s Drummer from 1969 till The King’s death in 1977 as a member of the TCB Band.  As soon as Elvis went back to doing live shows (first in Vegas and then on tour), Tutt was the backbeat of the band.  Sad to hear of his passing.  (kk) 


I just had to write this.   

Honored to have seen Ron and Elvis a half a dozen times.  



Ron Tutt  (March 12, 1938-October 16, 2021)

By Harvey Kubernik Copyright 2021


I was sad to learn of the physical passing of Elvis Presley's TCB band drummer Ron Tutt at age 83.  Tutt also played on live dates and recordings with Neil Diamond, Jerry Garcia and Elvis Costello. 

Tutt joined Presley's TCB (Takin' Care of Business) band for Presley's 1969 Las Vegas debut at the International Hotel and remained with Presley until Elvis' untimely death.  Decades ago, I interviewed the legendary drummer/percussionist Hal Blaine. He recalled one of his encounters with Elvis about the coveted tour drum seat.

Blaine had already held the rhythm seat behind Presley on “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” “Return to Sender,” and “Bossa Nova Baby.” 

“Before these Elvis dates, I was on recordings by Nancy and Frank Sinatra,” Hal reminisced in 2008. “I was doing a job in the studio.  We used to say: TTMAR. Take the money and run. Nobody knew how long it would last. Elvis went to Las Vegas and came backstage when I was there with Nancy Sinatra at Caesar’s Palace. ‘Hey, Hal. You gonna come and work across the street [the International Hotel] with me?’ He expected me to join him for his debut and be part of that band, but it was impossible. I had two much session work.”       

Earlier this century I interviewed Jerry Schilling, Presley’s best friend and confident. I asked him about how Ron Tutt got the gig. 

“After The ‘68 Elvis Presley Comeback Special television broadcast, Elvis was a happy person like he should have been. He decided to put a band together and do a month at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. I became involved in what was happening around him, even though I wasn’t working for him. Colonel Parker is never there for rehearsals or recordings.

“I watched a guy put a rock ‘n’ roll band together. That’s what he does. He started by picking James Burton. That’s where Elvis was a genius. That’s where he was the most underrated producer in musical history. Whether it be in the studio or putting the band together. Whether it was ‘I hear voices here,’ ‘play this line here.’ The guy was a great producer.

“The ’68 special inspired him, but he was doing what he had not been able to do for years. He was doing his thing and he was doing it being able to choose the people he was able to do it with. Being able to choose what songs and not being told what has to be in the soundtrack. What he had to wear. He was out of prison, man.

“I remember being at Elvis’ house with a list that Joe [Esposito], maybe Charlie Hodge a little bit, ‘here’s some of the musicians that people are suggesting.’ What do you think of this, this and this? Elvis pretty much picked and chose.  He knew who James Burton was. He knew who Ronnie (Tutt) was. 

“Ronnie was the guy who did what D.J. [Fontana] had come in and done. He could accentuate Elvis’ moves, but more importantly, when there were bigger name drummers in the audition, like Hal Blaine. 

“I remember what Elvis told me and Joe. He would come over and we both thought he was gonna go for Hal Blaine. It was the obvious choice. And he said, ‘watch this guy (Ronnie).’ Elvis came over and he said, ‘I need one guy on stage that has my temperament. Ronnie Tutt.’  That’s why Ronnie Tutt has the job.”

Harvey Kubernik


More on Ronnie Tutt here:  Ronnie Tutt, Drumming Legend With Presley’s TCB Band, Dies | Best Classic Bands

Best Classic Bands also has a very nice tribute to the first Traveling Wilburys album, released 33 years ago this week on October 17th, 1988.

‘Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1’: Just Your Basic Dylan-Petty-Harrison-Orbison-Lynne Supergroup | Best Classic Bands


My wife likes to watch Hallmark channel movies and loves it when I join her.  Last night’s long awaited Signed, Sealed, and Delivered movie featured the wedding between the lead characters and a '71 classic song. 

In one of the last scenes, Never My Love by the 5th Dimension was the song that was used as she made it clear to him that she would never leave.  They used most of the song.  It was a surprise and great to hear Marilyn's beautiful voice.

Phil – WRCO



I saw for the first time today a 30 second commercial on television during the football games advertising the product "Fruit of the Loom."  I noticed in the background the song LA-LA-LA-LA-LA. I am sure this was the same song that came out in 1964 by a group known as the Blendells on Rampart and/or Reprise records. Have you seen this commercial yet? Don't really know how long it's been running. Again, the question is, "who determines these odd and obscure songs" used in background of commercials?


Another pretty obscure one for sure … #62 in Billboard in 1964.  (kk)


New book … 


Finding Fretless: The story of George Harrison’s mad guitar

The remarkable story of George Harrison’s prototype ‘mad’ guitar and the search for Jimi Hendrix’s and Frank Zappa.

“Paul has done an amazing bit of detective work for Finding Fretless, it would put Poirot to shame.” Fiona Bruce – BBC Antiques Roadshow.

“This is an incredibly rare Beatles guitar with an enviable history, which turns out to be one of the most valuable items ever seen … valued at £300,000 – £400,000 by Jon Baddeley”.

Finding Fretless tells the remarkable tale of the discovery and rich history of an invaluable late-1960s fretless electric guitar, one fondly remembered by George Harrison as the ‘Mad’ guitar.

The prototype fretless model was gifted to the Beatles legend by Hollywood session player and music shop owner Al Casey, whose wife Maxine took it to Blue Jay Way in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles while Harrison was staying there in 1967.

Returning to the UK with his new acquisition, it was used by Harrison and John Lennon on sessions for ‘Happiness is a Warm Gun’ and ‘Helter Skelter’ as the legendary Liverpool outfit recorded classic 1968 double-album The Beatles, aka The White Album.

Guitar experts and aficionados were previously unaware of the prototype’s important part in Beatles mythology, its history a mystery until 2019, after UK session guitarist Ray Russell asked, ‘Who knows anything about this guitar George Harrison gave me in 1985?’

Finding Fretless sees author Paul Brett amend the history books, piecing together the jigsaw to tell the full story of the prototype Bartell alongside that of one of the forgotten founding fathers of the electric guitar, master luthier Paul Barth.

Within, Brett’s extensive research is supported by leading academics and established authors and personal memories of top session players who worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys, Finding Fretless including forewords from two highly-regarded guitarists intrinsically linked to the tale – London session player, producer and composer Ray Russell, and American producer, sideman and session player Richard Bennett.

In a compelling story, Brett also shines light on the incredible history of Bartell and a seminal period in California that influenced musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

Finding Fretless also brings in the guitar’s associations with Charles Manson’s infamous murderous cult, a million-dollar lawsuit, fire, frying pans, drunken fistfights, corporate shenanigans, Elvis, The Wrecking Crew, and much more.

And those interviewed include descendants of Bartell company presidents and surviving employees, Brett also revealing previously-untold memories of some of the most influential creators in the development of the electric guitar, including Barth, Beauchamp, Rickenbacker, Fender, and the Dopyera brothers.

Price $24.99 Paperback

Publication date: October 26, 2021 - 190 Pages full colour

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Interesting to get these next two emails within 24 hours of one another …

A Cappella Group Pentatonix Performs 'The Sound Of Silence' on GodTube.com …

Dan Guilfoyle

And then this from Chuck Buell (who absolutely LOVED Clark Besch’s response about the “Whipped Cream” album the other day, by the way!!!) 

Want to start your Day off on a wonderfully positive note?

I smiled all the way through this!

"The Sounds of Silence" never sounded, or looked, so good . . . . .

Chuck ( Buell )